[NRW Japan K.K. Fireplace WebTalk]
Micro- and Nanosystems innovation in NRW – a Key to COVID-19 Instant Diagnostics

Date: 31th July 2020 (Fri.)

Time: 17.00h – 19:00h (JST), i.e. 10.00h – 12.00h (CEST)  

Location: Zoom Conference    

Organizer: The NRW Japan K.K. (100% Japanese subsidiary of NRW.INVEST GmbH), Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the Cluster NMMP.NRW

Language: English (with Japanese commentary)

Registration: Please register latest by 27th. July, 24h (JST) 

Please refer to the homepage of The NRW Japan K.K. for further information.


The COVID-19 crisis poses an exceptional global challenge to our health systems, economies, governments, companies and universities. Around the globe scientists and researchers are intensely searching for effective treatments, vaccines and tests for the SARS-Cov-2 virus, one aim of the researchers being real-time testing.

Instant COVID-19 Diagnostics would help us manage the crisis and provide a higher degree of confidence at a time when effective vaccines are not yet available. It comes as no surprise that Micro- and Nanosystems, often associated with manufacturing technologies, are helping researchers in developing fast and affordable testing.

The NRW Japan K.K. Fireplace WebTalk(NRWジャパン炉端会議Web版)will focus on the topic of developing the next generation „COVID-19 Instant Diagnostics“ and present an innovative new technology developed at the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectric Systems (IMS) at the University of Duisburg–Essen in NRW. We will explore the potential impact of this innovative technology on the clinical and business environment in Germany/NRW and Japan.


A researcher from the Fraunhofer IMS is going to hold a talk at this online event.


·       Moderator: Georg K. Löer, Representative Director & President, NRW JAPAN K.K.

·       Introduction of NRW: The Corona-Situation in Germany / NRW, Astrid Becker, General Manager Asia, NRW.INVEST GmbH  

·       Introduction of NMWP.NRW: NMWP.NRW – Key Enabling Technologies from North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Köster, Head PR & Marketing, Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW

·       Keynote Presentation: Prof. Dr. Karsten Seidl from Fraunhofer IMS (Duisburg), Professor at University Duisburg-Essen Head of Department at Fraunhofer IMS

·       Presentation: Prof. Tadafumi Adschiri, Ph.D. The Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR),Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Adschiri Laboratory, Tohoku University

·       Open discussion between the experts including questions from the audience.